It’s my stop on the blog tour for Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin and I am over the moon to be joined by the author, Hannah Lynn, who is shining the spotlight on one of her newest characters.
Thanks for stopping by today, Hannah, could you introduce Norman to my readers please?
As chairman of the Burlam Allotment Society there’s not much Norman Kettlewell doesn’t know about growing vegetables, although he isn’t always willing to share his expertise. When Eric Sibley moves onto the plot next door, Norman makes it his mission to ensure that everything Eric touches fails. He will go to whatever lengths it takes to get rid of his new neighbour, even if that means bending the rules now and again.
When did you create Norman?
Norman is one of the first characters we meet in the book, which I started writing in 2016, so he has been with me for a little while.
Did you write the book to accommodate Norman or Norman to accommodate the book?
A little bit of both I think. Norman is such an integral part to the story, it just wouldn’t work without him.
What do you like most about him?
Norman has a special relationship with his wife Cynthia. They’ve been together for a long time and despite his whining and griping he wouldn’t cope without her. He also has a wicked sense of humour.
What do you like least about him?
Once he gets a bee in his bonnet it can be a tough challenge to try and change his mind, which is frustrating for those around them.
Did your early readers/editorial team like him to start with or did you have to change him in any way?
Despite his grumpy manner I think Norman has always been a favourite character. So much of him grew organically, which is why I think he is so relatable.
Does he have any similarities with anyone real?
There are a few grumpy old men in my life and a few of them like gardening too!
What are your plans for Norman?
I’m afraid your readers will have to read the book to find out.
Would you be friends in real life?
I’d like to think so. This year we got our first allotment plot and it would be very handy to have Norman next door to help with it all.
Thank you so much for sharing Norman with us today, Hannah, he sounds wonderful.
You can find out more about him now in Hannah’s latest book, Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin, which is out now.
Here’s the blurb …
“A coming of age story for the mid-life crisis generation.”
When George Sibley dies, his only son, Eric, has no idea that his inheritance will come with conditions. Now, if Eric is to ever get his hands on his father’s treasured Aston Martin, he must somehow juggle his hectic career and family life in the city, with regular visits to the small riverside town of Burlam. Life for Eric quickly becomes a chaotic kaleidoscope of grumpy pensioners, wellington boots and vintage auto-mobiles, fraught with heavy machinery mishaps, missed deadlines and drug raids, the result of which leave his marriage, job and sanity hanging in the balance.
Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin is a light-hearted and humorous tale of a man who reluctantly goes digging amongst the weeds in order to discover his roots.
Make sure you catch up with the rest of the tour for some other super posts and reviews:
About the author …
Hannah Lynn is an award-winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015, she has since gone on to write The Afterlife of Walter Augustus – a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist – which won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots series.
While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description.
She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a reimaging of a classic Greek myth.
Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.
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